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Nominations for 31st annual Leadership Awards being accepted

Leadership Awards Gala to be held April 2


As Hollywood wraps up the 2014 Golden Globe Awards and prepares for the 86th Academy Awards, Ohio University is preparing to roll out its red carpet – for the 31st annual Leadership Awards.

Sponsored by the University’s Division of Student Affairs, this annual leadership awards program was developed in 1983 to recognize the outstanding work of individuals and student organizations at Ohio University.

Nominations and applications for this year’s awards are now being accepted and, in most cases, are due by Feb. 1.

“The goal of this awards program is absolutely the recognition of leadership at Ohio University,” said Erin Perdue, assistant director for leadership at the University’s Career and Leadership Development Center who oversees the Leadership Awards program. “Through this program we seek to recognize the student leaders you don’t necessarily see every day on campus or read about every day – the ‘unsung heroes.’”

Nominations and applications are being sought for 15 awards, including the Outstanding Senior Leader Award, and nomination forms are available online. Anyone from within or outside the OHIO community may nominate a student or student organization for the awards, and students are welcome to apply for the awards themselves.

“This is an opportunity to show the positive things the University is doing as a whole in student leadership,” Perdue said.

Faculty and staff across the Ohio University campus will review the award nominations and determine the finalists for each award. Those finalists will be invited to the 31st annual Leadership Awards Gala where the award winners will be announced during an evening celebrating OHIO’s students and their outstanding demonstration of the University’s five core values – character, commitment, civility, community and citizenship.

This year’s Leadership Awards Gala will be held Wednesday, April 2, in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

Nominations and applications are being sought for the following Leadership Awards:

Kerrigan Family Scholarship

Created by the Kerrigan family in 2012 to provide financial support to any student with a demonstrated financial need, the recipient of this scholarship must be involved in leadership activity within Ohio University’s main campus community and/or the Athens community.

Charles J. Ping International Student Leadership Award

This award, instituted in 2010 and presented by the Office of International Student and Faculty Services, is designed to recognize outstanding leadership by an international student.

Stonewall Leadership Award

This award, instituted in 2000, is designed to recognize outstanding student leadership that improves the lives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender student community.

Women's Issues Leadership Award

This award, presented by the Women’s Center, recognizes a student or student organization which has shown outstanding leadership and/or community involvement on women’s issues or has raised consciousness about those issues.

Blackburn/Spencer Scholarship and Achievement Awards

This scholarship and achievement awards were established by the Black Student Cultural Programming Board in 1979 in honor of Martha Jane Hunley Blackburn, the first African-American woman to graduate from Ohio University, and Donald A. Spencer, the first African American to serve as chairman of the Ohio University Board of Trustees.

Latino Heritage Achievement Awards

These awards were established to recognize outstanding students of Latino descent.

Francine Childs Diversity Leadership Award

In honor of Dr. Francine C. Childs, OHIO’s first tenured African-American professor and longtime stalwart for social justice and equality, this award represents the most prestigious diversity honor bestowed upon an OHIO student. Recipients will be individuals who promote the principles of social justice, leadership, cultural diversity and service to the OHIO and Athens community and/or region.

Edwin L. Kennedy Leadership Award for Outstanding Community Service (Individual)

Named in honor of alumnus Edwin L. Kennedy, this award recognizes an individual for her or his lasting and self-less acts of leadership as servant to one’s community.

Edwin L. Kennedy Community Service Award (Organization)

Named in honor of alumnus Edwin L. Kennedy, this award recognizes an organization for its lasting and selfless acts of leadership as servant to one’s community.

Outstanding Programming Awards

Established in 1986, these awards recognize student organizations for conceiving, planning and implementing outstanding programs on the Ohio University campus. This year, three outstanding programs will be recognized – spring semester 2012-13, fall semester 2013-14, and spring semester 2013-14. In addition, one late night program will be recognized.

Ohio University Pepsi Leadership Scholarship

This leadership scholarship program is made possible through the generous support of Pepsi and is designed to recognize and develop student leadership in the University community. Each spring, 12 undergraduate students will be selected as Pepsi Leadership Scholars for the following academic year.

Rudy Leadership Award

This award, instituted in 1986, is the result of the contribution of Joel S. and Marlene Rudy. The proceeds of their contribution are used to reward and recognize the exceptional leadership contributions, ability and potential of an undergraduate student.

Outstanding Graduate Student Leader (Doctoral Level)

This award will be presented to a doctoral graduate student for outstanding leadership in extracurricular activities and/or community service.

Outstanding Graduate Student Leader (Master’s Level)

This award will be given to a master’s graduate student for outstanding leadership in extracurricular activities and/or community service.

Outstanding Senior Leader Award

These awards will be presented to Ohio University seniors for outstanding leadership during their collegiate careers. One of the Outstanding Senior Leader Awards is designated as the John Newton Templeton Outstanding Senior Leader Award, in honor of the first African-American student to graduate from Ohio University in 1828. This award will be presented to a senior student who has made significant contributions to the life of African-American students on campus.